Sadio Mane faces uncertain future at Bayern Munich

Sadio Mane reportedly faces uncertain future at Bayern Munich. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Sadio Mane reportedly faces uncertain future at Bayern Munich. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) /

The last few days have been difficult for Sadio Mane at Bayern Munich. The former Liverpool forward was involved in a dressing room bust-up with Leroy Sane, which eventually led to a fine and one-game suspension for him. He was not part of the squad against Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Things have also been rough for Sadio Mane on the pitch, as he has struggled for form since returning from a serious injury at the end of February. He has not been a first-choice forward for Thomas Tuchel. The Senegalese forward has also struggled to make an impact whenever he has come off the bench.

The poor form on the pitch has led to speculation about the future of Sadio Mane at Bayern. According to Sky Sports in Germany, Bayern is considering Mane’s departure in the summer transfer window. The Bavarian club believes that it was a mistake to sign the forward from Liverpool at the end of last season.

Mane was brought in by Bayern to add more experience to the attack after the departure of Robert Lewandowski. The 30-year-old forward started life at Bayern in the best possible way, scoring goals at a good rate in the initial part of the season. However, the good form didn’t last long for Mane as the team also struggled for consistency in the Bundesliga under Julian Nagelsmann.

Mane also suffered a serious injury at the start of November during the 6-1 win against Werder Bremen. He had to miss the World Cup 2022 in Qatar due to this injury, as he was ruled out for three months. Since returning to action in late February, Mane has scored only one goal.

Despite an up-and-down first season for Mane at Bayern, he has posted decent attacking numbers until now. The former Liverpool forward has scored 11 goals in 31 appearances across all competitions. He also has four assists to his name for Bayern this season.

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It will be incredibly harsh to part ways with Mane in the summer. He has bounced back strongly from difficult seasons at Liverpool in an emphatic manner, so giving up on him after just 12 months would be a puzzling move from Bayern’s hierarchy.

Die Roten can only justify Mane’s departure if they want to balance the books to sign a new number nine. Mane is currently on big wages at Bayern, so parting ways with him will allow the club to make space for a prolific number nine.